Golf and Friends in Georgia

Ashburn, GA

After an overnight stay in Gainesville, we completed our two day trip from Cortez, FL to the small town of Ashburn, GA.  There is really nothing of any significance in Ashburn but just outside of town is a small RV park with a decent nine hole golf course.  We reserved two sites there, one for us and one for Dave and Sue (Beluga’s Excellent Adventure), right next to the first tee.

A Short Trip to the First Tee

We were all set up early in the afternoon and got in a quick nine holes before Dave and Sue arrived (they drove directly here from Cortez).   The next day we were up early and ready to play!  OK, so it wasn’t so early, but we did tee off before noon!

Heading Up the First Fairway

Check out that cute caddie!

What a frustrating game!

Dave and Sue stayed next to us for two days.  Each day after a round of golf we headed into town for a dinner at one of the local restaurants.  Now Ashburn is not exactly an epicurean mecca, so the choices are a bit limited.  A search in Yelp revealed a couple of local establishments, one Mexican and the other barbecue, that looked interesting.  So we tried the Mexican restaurant one night and the barbecue the other.  Everyone agreed that the food at the Mexican restaurant was very good, while the barbecue left a bit to be desired.

Rescue’s Smokehouse Grill on the left, La Hacienda on the right

After two great days of golf and conversation, it was time for Beluga to continue the journey north.  So mid-morning on Saturday we said good-bye to Dave and Sue and their two dogs as they headed out.  We’ll meet up again in May when we stop at their house in New York State as we head to visit Pam’s mother.

Good-Bye Beluga

After they left we played a quick nine holes of golf before heading in to town to look around.  This is a pretty depressing little community, but we did manage to find a Dairy Queen for a quick treat.  Being former teachers one of the things we like to check out is the local school facilities as we travel.  We found the local high school and let’s just say we were not impressed.  As we drove around the building we found the inspirational message pictured below mounted on a piece of plywood next to one of the entrances.

Not exactly Ralph Waldo Emerson!

The sign at the main entrance, again made from unfinished plywood, was equally inspiring.

Now we know all schools want to educate and everyone wants their students to graduate.  But what the heck to they mean by a goal of “vacate!”   Maybe the students are constipated and it is referring to the area just beyond the large intestines.

Our next stop is a visit to our son, Kevin, in Atlanta on the 16th of the month.  Since we have some extra time on our hands before then, we’ll just sit tight right here.  Despite the depressed town nearby, it is a nice little park and golf course and there are some tourist spots to visit in the general area so we will stay busy.

More on that later . . .

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34 Responses to Golf and Friends in Georgia

  1. John, Your look of frustration is priceless!

  2. Nancy says:

    Enjoying the places you go… ~Nancy

  3. laurel says:

    The little golf course looks pretty — the school and the restaurants, not so much. You definitely are conveniently located to the first tee!

    • placestheygo says:

      Totally agree with you, Laurel. There are some very nice neighborhoods with beautiful homes. Doesn’t match the rest of the town and basically vacant downtown.

  4. Wheelingit says:

    Great that you got to spend those extra couple of days with Beluga…with golf too! Paul has put that place on his list of “definites” to stay if/when we head east.


  5. Jodee Gravel says:

    Maybe “Vacate” is a euphemism for “get the heck out of this town after graduation”? Still a lovely spot for a few days of golf. Safe travels.

  6. The bonding has continued from Cortez, FL to Georgia! And John you had the cutest caddy!

  7. pmbweaver says:

    The header photo looks like it belongs in a magazine. Awesome!

    That is the cutest caddie I have ever seen. Hope she gets paid good!

    Hahahaha, John. That look on your face says it all.

    No matter what they put the message on, I hope the students get it! I, also, had to read the vacant sign a few times and still am not sure what it means.

    Enjoy your time of rest and relaxation.

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Marsha! Actually the header photo went a little lower and has a reflection of Dave in the water but John couldn’t get it all in the space.

      We can’t figure out what they mean by “vacate” either. We are thinking it is their hint to graduate and get out of town for a better life…haha! Very strange sign for sure.

  8. LuAnn says:

    Thank goodness you had golf to keep you occupied as the town of Ashburn does look a bit sad. That is one great-looking caddie! Looks like a keeper. 😉

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, LuAnn! We have been here at this park each year we have traveled to and from FL. This is the first time we have unhooked the car! We knew there was nothing here and I always came prepared as far as food went. This time we knew we would stay for awhile to tour a few communities not far away. The main town with shopping (and Starbucks) is Tifton which is 20 miles southeast. There is also the town of Fitzgerald which is northeast. As a matter of fact, these three towns were showcases in the FMCA magazine for folks traveling to and from the rally in Perry, GA. That’s where we got the idea of places to visit while here. So I am sure there will be some amazing blogs to follow on these visits…haha!!

  9. Sherry says:

    Interesting that there are some upscale areas but the downtown is pretty shot. Guess there must be some other places nearby to spend their money. It is definitely sad if they are suggesting that their youth get out of the town but that’s what it looks to me or maybe they are just anxious to get them out of the building. LOL

    • placestheygo says:

      The town of Tifton is about 20 miles away and that is where people go to shop. We haven’t been there yet but will be checking it out very soon.

      The sign definitely confused us, too.

  10. Janna says:

    Oh, that school needs some help!

  11. Gay says:

    Growing up in Troup County, GA, communities like Asburn are no surprise.
    Can’t wait to hear about Tifton….

    • placestheygo says:

      We rode around last night, Gay, and there are some beautiful homes that don’t match with the other areas. Planning a trip to Tifton today since there is no golf with the rain.

  12. Erin says:

    Seems like a great campground for golfers.

  13. Fun that you were able to spend more time with Sue and Dave.

    Great deal on an RV that includes golf. Looks like you have a pretty talented caddie.

    I want to believe the school signs were some kind of a joke.

      • placestheygo says:

        Pam, I think the best time was had by Lewis and Sasha. They were able to really run around with all this golf course out their door. Some great ball tossing went on. But it was a good time for Sue and Dave, also:) We all were appreciating the big open spaces, and quiet after spending time in the hustle and tighter quarters of Cortez. Not that we all don’t love Cortez and Anna Maria but there are a lot of people moving about.

        The school sign is a real mystery. I tried to find something on their website to explain it but couldn’t.

  14. rommel says:

    I don’t know how to golf. The first time I went golfing, my friends acted like they were going to teach some of who don’t know how to play. They got so into their game. That us learners were left our own. It’s okay for me. That day I found that I can juggle not just two but three golf balls without prior practice ever. 😀
    I wish the general areas are far livelier. 🙂

    • placestheygo says:

      It isn’t an easy game to play for sure, Rommel. That’s why I carry the bag:) Maybe some of the golfers should take up golf ball juggling instead of playing…haha!

      While there isn’t much else to do in the area, we are enjoying the down time after a busy time in FL:)

  15. Nancy says:

    I enjoy your blog very much so I just nominated you for the Liebster Award… WOO HOO!

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks so much, Nancy. We are glad you are enjoying the blog but we will be declining the award. We write the blog for friends and family to “join” us on our adventures and for others to get information on areas they may not have visited. But we are thrilled that you thought of us:)

      • Nancy says:

        I understand completely! But I do follow you for… “all the places they go!!” I enjoy reading and “joining” in!

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